The Smith crew heads BACK to School! Oh Happy Day! And Happy Birthday Jojo!

August 8, 2013 2 Comments »
The Smith crew heads BACK to School! Oh Happy Day! And Happy Birthday Jojo!


I think I’ve done the Butterfly, the Dougie and the Tootsie Roll and if I could do a cartwheel, I would!

My kids are out of the house! Hold on while I CRY —– TEARS OF JOY!!

But seriously we had one of the BEST SUMMERS EVER! My kids had a spectacular summer break because we traveled, went to (Disney multiple times this year), went to the movies and my many blogger events, visited family and just had a blast. They did not sit one bit! We were on the move. But I could see, as the summer was winding down, that they were actually SO ready to go back to school!

Yes, my kids were whining and they were more than ready for school to start! The two month break was enough for them. And now I look forward to an awesome year ahead.

And August 7th was special for a few reasons. Not only was it the FIRST day of school, but it was Jo-Jo’s first day at Kindergarten AND his BIRTHDAY! Annnd, my mom Janice made a surprise visit!


The day before the first day of school I took my kids to take a sneak peek to see what’s in store. My girls were pretty happy finding out that many of their friends would be in the same classroom as they are.

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But it was my son Jo-Jo who was acting a little suspect.  He cried. Refused to greet his teacher and pretty much acted like a big baby.

This is JoJo staring at the wall refusing to greet his teacher

This is JoJo staring at the wall refusing to greet his teacher

My husband was trying to set him straight but I think I got in the way. So yesterday, on the first day of school, my husband told me that he would take Jo-Jo to school and get him set on the right track with acting appropriately. See, he basically told me that I “baby” Jo-Jo too much and I need to fall back and let him do what he needs to do so he can get Jo-Jo acting “right.” So I listened. I fell back. I let my husband Rudy take Jo-Jo to school and he had a nice, long, stern talk with Jo-Jo and let him know what our expectations of him are. My husband telling Jo-Jo what to do is different from ME telling Jo-Jo. See, my son KNOWS he has my heart in his hand. I’m a sucker for his love. But when it comes to his dad, he knows that he needs to straighten up and get his act together. And it worked. Rudy said Jo-Jo went in his classroom sat down and started doing his work like he was supposed to do it! And my husband was sweet enough to send me a picture of Jo-Jo in the classroom. I was a little sad because I wanted to be the one to take him. But it was the right thing to do. Sometimes we women need to “fall back” step aside and allow our men to raise their boys so they can grow up to be GOOD men. 


And I don’t mind being blamed for babying him. I do. I know it. I make no apologies for being a mom who adores all her kids and shower them with kisses and hugs and love. But I do know that I CANNOT and WILL NOT interfere with my husband’s efforts to raise his son in his way that he sees fit. Listen, I’m not a man and I don’t know what it takes to be one. So my best bet is to step back and let my husband do his thing. And I’m SO okay with that. Glad I’m blessed to have a good man in my kids lives!

Anyhoo, yesterday was a GREAT day! And I truly look forward to a FABULOUS year!

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  1. Janelle King August 9, 2013 at 2:28 pm -

    Aww that is sweet.

  2. Demetra August 10, 2013 at 6:40 pm -

    Kids behave differently when Mom is around. I remember once my nephew was staying with us and he was playing and having a ball. As soon as his mom walked in he began acting like a baby, his voice even changed, it was amazing. Even with all that. I don’t blame you for babying him or any of your kids. I do the same with mine. It’s the best part of being a mom